James Durbin’s fans and supporters want you to know that he’ll be singing at the Atlanta Falcons football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight.
You already know that Durbin, the American Idol rocker who has both Asperger’s and Tourette’s, has an album out, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, which our source, Patti, urges you to buy or give as a gift for the holidays. If a killer scream and incinerating guitar riffs aren’t right for anyone on your listbut you want to support the passionate young man who’s become a hero to a lot of kids challenged by psychiatric disorders, she suggests you donate a CD to the troops serving overseas.
Speaking of screaming, there’s a lovely interview with Durbin in Psychology Today in which Kymberly Grosso, the mom of one of those kids who idolizes Durbin, asks about a song on the album called “Screaming.” Durbin describes coming home from school as a kid, after a day of frustration and bullying, and screaming as loud as he could into a pillow. How lovely that that practiced scream is making him a rock star.
“There is a reason he is a role model,” writes Grosso. “He experienced adversity yet he prevails with exceptional music and riveting, live performances. “